After a gallant 2-1 win over Melbourne Victory at Parramatta Stadium on New Year’s Day – the NRMA Insurance Western Sydney Wanderers are already preparing for one of their toughest battles yet.
After a gallant 2-1 win over Melbourne Victory at Parramatta Stadium on New Year-s Day – the NRMA Insurance Western Sydney Wanderers are already preparing for one of their toughest battles yet.
Tuesday-s points were a tough grind and the coach, Tony Popovic, is confident his side is under no illusion that the game against the Central Coast Mariners this Sunday will be any easier.
“You-re up against the most consistent team in the League – they-re there on merit,” Popovic said.
“They-re the Minor Premiers of last year and they-ve got an outstanding manager.”
After notching their third consecutive home win in front of 13,659 supporters on Tuesday, Popovic acknowledges the fans role in getting results.
“We certainly hope that continues on Sunday against the league leaders,” he said.
“As a player you always enjoy playing in those atmospheres whether you are home or away.
“The fans have been brilliant from Day One.
“I-m surprised that it already has become what it has.”
The coach knows that good performances will generate more noise and build atmosphere which has given, not only the fans, but players alike – a sense of pride.
“We-re on a journey together and everyone is enjoying it so far,” Popovic said.
This Sunday will be the third and final fixture in a ten-day period for all Hyundai A-League clubs – and it-s already setting up to be a blockbuster match.
“If we don-t turn up with one hundred per cent focus and commitment on that day – anything less than that won-t be good enough for them.”
The Wanderers- next home game is against Central Coast Mariners on January 6 at Parramatta Stadium at 6pm.
Kids will be allowed in for free and there will be a “Wander and Kick” opportunity held on the pitch after full time.